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This collection contains correspondence from SF 1/C Sidney Dashevsky, USN to his fiancee Emily Van Gelder during the Second World War. Dashevsky was was deployed for almost the entire time he knew her during this correspondence, from 1943 to 1946.
Shipfitter First Class Sidney Dashevsky, United States Navy (4/15/1918 - 4/22/1998) was born in New York but lived in Colchester, Connecticut until his enlistment in the Navy on November 18, 1941. Presumably while on leave, he met Emily Van Gelder and her roommate Erna and began writing them, especially Emily after having mistaken her at a party before the correspondence began, in January 1943. Their correspondence continued while he was deployed on the USS North Carolina and they began a relationship sometime in early 1944, denoted by his suddenly calling her "honey" and signing his letters "all my love." SF Dashevsky's brother Abraham was stationed with him for a short time but was then transferred to the USS Harding.
.15 Linear Feet (1 folder)
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